DeShields, Quigley, Vandersloot Drafted For AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019

NEW YORK, July 23, 2019 – The team rosters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, as selected by All-Star captains Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, were revealed tonight on ESPN2 in the first televised WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special.

The Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner was selected by Delle Donne with the first overall pick in the WNBA All-Star Draft.  The Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray was drafted by Wilson with the No. 2 overall pick.  See below for the complete pick-by-pick results from the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special.

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces.  The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Delle Donne and Wilson drafted the AT&T WNBA All-Star team rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves, making picks without regard to a player’s conference affiliation or position.

During the draft, the eight remaining All-Star Game starters (aside from Delle Donne and Wilson) were selected in the first round.  The 13 reserves were chosen in the second round – a group that included the Minnesota Lynx’s Napheesa Collier, who was named by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert to replace the injured Wilson in AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019.

Delle Donne, the top overall finisher in fan voting, was awarded the first pick in the first round (Starters).  Wilson made the first selection in the second round (Reserves).  The captains alternated picks in each round until all players in that round had been selected.

Delle Donne and Wilson finished the WNBA All-Star Draft by making two trades, exchanging two players and both head coaches.  In the player trade, Delle Donne acquired the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles (selected 15th overall by Wilson) in exchange for Collier (selected by Delle Donne at No. 18).

With the trade of head coaches, Bill Laimbeer and his Aces staff will now guide Team Wilson and the Mystics’ Mike Thibault and his staff will lead Team Delle Donne.  Wilson and Laimbeer will name the replacement for Wilson in the starting lineup.

As the player who received the most fan votes, Delle Donne was able to choose between wearing white or red uniforms.  Team Delle Donne selected the white uniforms.  Team Wilson will be assigned red uniforms.Below are the 2019 WNBA All-Star Draft results and the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game rosters.

 

2019 WNBA All-Star Draft
First Round: Starters
Team Delle Donne Team Wilson
Pick 1:   Brittney Griner, Phoenix Pick 2:   Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles
Pick 3:   Jewell Loyd, Seattle Pick 4:   Kayla McBride, Las Vegas
Pick 5:   Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Pick 6:   Liz Cambage, Las Vegas
Pick 7:   Kia Nurse, New York Pick 8:   Natasha Howard, Seattle
Second Round: Reserves
Team Wilson Team Delle Donne
Pick 9:     Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Pick 10:   Kristi Toliver, Washington
Pick 11:   Diamond DeShields, Chicago Pick 12:   DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix
Pick 13:   Allie Quigley, Chicago Pick 14:   Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles
Pick 15:   *Tina Charles, New York Pick 16:   Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago
Pick 17:   Erica Wheeler, Indiana Pick 18:   +Napheesa Collier, Minnesota
Pick 19:   Candice Dupree, Indiana Pick 20:   Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut
Pick 21:   Odyssey Sims, Minnesota
*Traded to Team Delle Donne +Traded to Team Wilson

 

2019 WNBA ALL-STARS

TEAM DELLE DONNE (Head Coach Mike Thibault)

 

                                                                                                      

PLAYER                      TEAM                       POSITION    HT.    BIRTHDATE   COLLEGE/COUNTRY      YRS.    ASG

 

Starters

Elena Delle Donne       Washington Mystics  Frontcourt     6-5       9/5/89              Delaware                 6          6

Brittney Griner             Phoenix Mercury       Frontcourt     6-9       10/18/90          Baylor                     6          6

Jonquel Jones               Connecticut Sun        Frontcourt     6-6       1/5/94              George Washington 3          2

Jewell Loyd                 Seattle Storm             Guard           5-10     10/5/93            Notre Dame             4          2

Kia Nurse^                   New York Liberty     Guard           6-0       2/22/96            Connecticut             1          1

 

Reserves

DeWanna Bonner         Phoenix Mercury       Frontcourt     6-4       8/21/87            Auburn                    9          3

Tina Charles                 New York Liberty     Frontcourt     6-4       12/5/88            Connecticut             9          7

Nneka Ogwumike         Los Angeles Sparks   Frontcourt     6-2       7/2/90              Stanford                  7          6

Alyssa Thomas             Connecticut Sun        Frontcourt     6-2       4/12/92            Maryland                 5          2

Kristi Toliver                Washington Mystics  Guard           5-7       1/27/87            Maryland                 10        3

Courtney Vandersloot   Chicago Sky              Guard           5-8       2/8/89              Gonzaga                  9          2

 

 

TEAM WILSON (Head Coach Bill Laimbeer)

 

                                                                                                                              

PLAYER                      TEAM               POSITION    HT.      BIRTHDATE    COLLEGE/COUNTRY     YRS.    ASG

 

Starters

Liz Cambage                Las Vegas Aces         Frontcourt     6-8       8/18/91            Australia                  3          3

Chelsea Gray               Los Angeles Sparks   Guard           5-11     10/8/92            Duke                       4          3

Natasha Howard^         Seattle Storm             Frontcourt     6-2       9/2/91              Florida State            5          1

Kayla McBride             Las Vegas Aces         Guard           5-10     6/25/92            Notre Dame             5          3

A’ja Wilson*                Las Vegas Aces         Frontcourt     6-4       8/8/96              South Carolina         1          2

 

Reserves

Napheesa Collier^+      Minnesota Lynx        Frontcourt     6-1       9/23/96            Connecticut             R          1

Diamond DeShields^    Chicago Sky              Guard           6-1       3/5/95              Tennessee                1          1

Candice Dupree            Indiana Fever            Frontcourt     6-2       8/16/84            Temple                    13        7

Sylvia Fowles               Minnesota Lynx        Frontcourt     6-6       10/6/85            LSU                         11        6

Allie Quigley                Chicago Sky              Guard           5-10     6/20/86            DePaul                    10        3

Odyssey Sims^             Minnesota Lynx        Guard           5-8       7/13/92            Baylor                     5          1

Erica Wheeler^             Indiana Fever            Guard           5-7       5/2/91              Rutgers                    4          1

 

^ denotes first-time All-Star selection

* denotes injured, unable to play

+ denotes replacement player named by WNBA Commissioner

YRS denotes number of seasons completed entering 2019

ASG denotes number of All-Star selections including 2019